Tens of thousands of people, as well as new UC Berkeley admitted students, will gather on campus to attend hundreds of events during the spring semester to celebrate Cal Day, a festival for anything and everything Berkeley. Newly admitted students can partake of this annual open house and feel like a VIP. This is a chance for them to finalize a decision: to attend Berkeley or head elsewhere. For students considering a spot in Berkeley’s first-year or new transfer classes, Cal Day is crafted as the ultimate lure.
Cal Day was established in 1968 as a one-time open house that proved so popular it eventually became an annual event. During Cal Day 2019, more than 40,000 people attended, and there were more than 400 booths staffed by student groups, campus departments and organizations.
The event is free and open to the public and is often listed as a must-attend San Francisco Bay Area event. Attractions include faculty talks, campus tours, music and dance performances, and science and art activities for kids. Admission to all of Berkeley’s museums is free, including some facilities that are open to the public only on Cal Day. Public transportation is advised to get to campus, and on-campus transit will be available.